Due to a large number of entries, Somerset Community College will hold an additional
session of the 2012 Winter Shorts Film Festival on Friday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
The fourth annual Winter Shorts Film Festival will now begin on January 27 and will
continue as originally scheduled on Saturday, January 28, beginning at 11 a.m. Events
will continue throughout the day and culminate with an awards ceremony directly following
the 7 p.m. screenings on Saturday evening.
The festival will feature original shorts films from Somerset and around the world.
The event includes filmmaking workshops on Saturday. There is no admission charge
to any of the events or workshops.
On Friday evening at 7 p.m., the festival will feature shorts of Kentucky interest.
The screenings will include a documentary by Kentucky Historical Properties entitled
Famous Cousins of Mine. Also shown will be local filmmaker Zach Bales entertaining
documentary entitled The Amateurs Guide to Soules Chapel. Other shorts will include
an entry in the teen category, featuring the landscapes of the Wayne County area by
Erica Withers entitled Colors of the Fall Foothills. There will also be a short animated
film and a comedy from Spain ironically entitled, Made in Japan.
Friday evening will conclude with a film shot in Somerset, Kentucky with local actors,
entitled, Vindication. The film, produced by Blood Dove Studios, is a gritty drama
that tells a story about a young girl who tries to escape the clutches of a group
of thugs in a small rural area.
The festival will begin again at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 with a selection
of foreign films from Spain, Finland, Italy and Ireland.
At 12:30 p.m., there will be a session of entries in the teen category. Among the
shorts there will be a documentary which focuses on the local Sheltowee Arts Festival.
Another will focus on the Wayne County Heritage Festival. Both of these entries were
shot and produced by Monticello teens Erica and Monica Withers.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, a local videographer will conduct a workshop on the process of
green screening for film. The session will last approximately 45 minutes.
The screening of the official selections will continue at 3:30 p.m. with a selection
of entries in the domestic United States category. There are entries from Ohio, New
York, Florida, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana. These offer a variety of shorts including
an animates short, a gritty drama, a film which features a puppet zombie as its hero,
a music video featuring a composition by Franz Joseph Haydn and a mocumentary entitled,
Frankenstein of the Americas.
There will be a filmmakers forum at 5 p.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend and take
part in this panel discussion about current issues in independent filmmaking.
There will be a chance for the festival goers to meet the attending creators of the
entries at 6 p.m. when SCC hosts a reception for the filmmakers in the lobby of Stoner
The Saturday evening screenings will present a variety of short films in all of the
categories. An awards ceremony will follow acknowledging special merit in filmmaking
and naming the best films in each of the categories.
You can get regular updates on the festival through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-Shorts-Film-Festival/233437633360055